THE SERVANT GENERAL
EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
Today’s reading: Luke 15:1-10
In response to the criticism of the Pharisees and scribes
about his welcoming and eating with the tax collectors and
sinners (Lk 15:1-2), Jesus tells two parables about God’s
concern for the lost and His love for the repentant sinner.
In the parable of the lost sheep, the man leaves the ninety-nine
sheep to search for the one lost (Lk 15:4). In the parable
of the lost coin, the woman with ten coins searches feverishly
for the one lost (Lk 15:8). In both cases, when they find
it, they rejoice greatly, and even get their friends and neighbors
to rejoice with them.
Now Jesus says that in just the same way, there would be great
rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents (Lk 15:7,10).
Wow! That should spur us on to greater efforts in our work
of evangelization and renewal. Every time a CLS participant
repents and turns to faith in Jesus, we ought to rejoice.
And to visualize the angels of God in heaven rejoicing with
then should we go about our work of evangelization?
We should “sweep the house” (Lk 15:8). We should
do massive evangelization, attempting to search every nook
and cranny on this earth. We go to every town and nation
of the world. We go to every educational institution, to
corporate and government offices, to squatter areas, etc.
We diligently search for the lost.
We should “light a lamp” (Lk 15:8). Jesus, who
is the light of the world, tells us to be “a light
to the nations, that (his) salvation may reach to the ends
of the earth.” (Is 49:6b). We are not to hide the
lamp under a basket. We are to be witnesses. We are to be
servants who reflect the very glory of God (Is 49:3).
We are to search carefully (Lk 15:8). We are to be strategic
in targeting our audiences, and crafting approaches that
can bring them in. The lost are right there among our relatives,
friends, classmates, co-workers. They are the migrants,
the legislators, the executives, the poor, etc.
are to “go after the lost one until (we find) it”
(Lk 15:4). We are to be dogged in our pursuit of the lost.
We do not easily give up. We await and ask the Lord for
opportunities. We endure and persevere in the face of challenges
We are to focus on reaching the unreached, and not as much
on the “ninety-nine righteous people who have no need
of repentance.” (Lk 15:7). Though everyone needs ongoing
repentance, we look especially for those who are truly lost,
those who have no true relationship with God and who live
in the darkness of sin.
we do find the lost, we set “it on (our) shoulders
with great joy” (Lk 15:5). We care for those we have
found. We bring them into the fellowship of believers. We
provide continuing formation. We journey together on the
path of holiness.
Finally, we are to know that the angels of God in heaven
are cheering us on! They are with us engaged in the spiritual
war raging in the heavens and on earth. They protect us.
They guide us.
Jesus says that “there will be rejoicing among the angels
of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lk 15:10). Can
you then imagine the thunderous applause when we help bring
not just one but 100 sinners to Christ? How about 1,000? Listen
to the tumultuous explosion of joy!
Let us keep the angels of God constantly rejoicing. Let us
continually bring in the lost sheep.